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May 23
FC Tucson semi-pro soccer team plays against BYU Cougars for an evening of fun at Kino Sports Complex North Stadium. more
May 25
Colossal Cave Mountain Park hosts its annual benefit 5K road race between the Ranch and the Cave, with views of the Stone Ram...more
May 30
FC Tucson, Tucson's Premier Development League (PDL) semi-professional soccer club, takes on the Las Vegas Mobsters at Kino S...more
Jun 2
Walkers and their dogs are welcome at Tucson Botanical Gardens every Tuesday and Thursday in June, July, August, and Septembe...more
Jun 2
FC Tucson semi-pro soccer team plays against Frontera FC in a friendly match at Kino Sports Complex North Stadium.  more
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2015 Travel Guide


A Surprise Around Every Bend

Hiking the mountains that surround Tucson brings you to the very heart of Southern Arizona. In the canyons of the Santa Catalinas or on the summit of Rincon Peak, you'll experience a quiet beauty that has a way of putting life in perspective. Or take an easy-going hike…it's hard to beat our miles of urban trails under clear, sunny skies.

Hiking the Mountains Around Tucson

Five mountain ranges, most of which are protected as parkland, surround Tucson and offer hundreds of miles of trails to hikers of all skill levels. Landscapes range from sandy desert dotted with cactus to rustling groves of aspen and pine, making hiking an all-season sport in Tucson, Arizona.

Santa Catalina Mountains to the North 

Rincon Mountains to the East 

Santa Rita Mountains to the South 

Tucson Mountains to the West  

Tortolita Mountains to the Northwest 

Tucson Urban Trails

With weather like ours, you don't have to get out of town to get back to the great outdoors. Tucson's urban trails are a great way to unwind, get some exercise and soak up the sun or stars just minutes from wherever you may be in the city.

Tucson Urban Loop 

"The Loop" is an ongoing project of 55 car-free miles of trails around Tucson and connecting to our neighboring communities of Marana and Oro Valley. It's great for walking, biking, skating, and even horseback riding. If it doesn't have an engine, it's good to go on The Loop.

Rillito River Park Trail 

This 11-mile trail winds through Tucson's north side along the Rillito Riverbed, from Craycroft Road near mid-town nearly all the way to Interstate 10 on the city's northwest side. Don't worry about starting at either end—you can access the trail at lots of points along the way.

Santa Cruz River Park Trail

Located along the banks of the Santa Cruz Riverbed west of downtown Tucson, this flat, paved trail runs south from Grant Road to 29th Street. The trail includes a portion of the Anza National Historic Trail

More Hiking in Southern Arizona

The Sonoran Desert and northwestern tip of the Chihuahuan Desert both stretch into Southern Arizona, a region of hundreds of square miles that extends south to the Mexican border. 

Just north of Tucson, Picacho Peak is a favorite for hikers and rock climbers, especially in spring when seas of wildflowers seem to set the ground on fire with more color than you'd ever expect in a desert. 

South of Tucson, the Chiricahua Mountains, Huachuca Mountains and Dragoon Mountains also offer some of the best hiking trails in Southern Arizona

Browse Hiking Businesses & Trails

Helpful Resources

Local Hiking & Day Trips

Desert Safety Tips

Leave No Trace 

Share the Trail  

Arizona State Parks

Cochise County, Land of Legends

Coronado National Forest

Local Hikes

Madera Canyon

Sabino Canyon

Saguaro National Park Hiking

Sierra Club

Sky Island Alliance

Permits & Maps

Stop by a hiking-camping supply store to purchase a map or hiking guide or to contact local hiking groups and organizations for suggestions. The Summit Hut and Southern Arizona Hiking Club are good places to start.

Hiking permits are required for some areas, and can be obtained from Coronado National Forest.